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#124841 - 12/30/06 08:52 PM OOPS!!
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Finally had something worth photographing to end the year.

Owner bought some new electronic goodies and needed the high speed cable connection.

Cable guy drilled through from the inside and right into the service entrance cable. They asked the electrician if he could just tape it up.

Then the owner and Cable guy started arguing because the Cable guy said the Main breaker didn't trip so it is the owners fault.

It was pointed out to them that even after the house was on fire and the 50 KVA transformer on the pole blew and blacked out the neighborhood the Main breaker still wouldn't trip.

Note: New service being installed.

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#124842 - 12/30/06 09:25 PM Re: OOPS!!
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well that service looks pretty ratty to begin with, much nicer now

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#124843 - 12/30/06 11:07 PM Re: OOPS!!
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At least his aim was good, right through the middle! If he was acutually aiming for that spot, he would have missed it by a foot. We all know how that goes. Just like when the fish tape manages to hook everything EXCEPT what you are trying to hook!

100 amp services? I didn't think they were even done anymore. I haven't installed one in twenty years around here except for simple services feeding signs, etc. I haven't seen a residence, even an old one getting an upgrade getting less than 150. Maybe it's just where I am located. Am I missing something?
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#124844 - 12/30/06 11:11 PM Re: OOPS!!
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This looks like it was already taped up before the CATV guy even came along... The HO should thank him for the new service line The service on the left looks nice and new... I wonder why they didnt do both at the same time?

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#124845 - 12/31/06 08:45 AM Re: OOPS!!
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The new service is being installed to replace the damaged one. The old one was in poor condition with the outer jacket of the SE cable falling off. That is why it had the tape to hold it together.
Most new services being installed are 200 amp. but, the Code only requires 100 for a dwelling. As long as they can save a buck they will do whatever is cheapest.
I can only enforce the Code.
Alan--
Happy almost New Year..
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#124846 - 12/31/06 06:09 PM Re: OOPS!!
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I would love to see the drill bit used to make that hole in the SE cable.

Also, I'd like to know why the installer didn't use an offset nipple on the load side of the new meter. I always use one on a service like this. That uni-strut looks awful on a house, IMO.

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#124847 - 12/31/06 07:38 PM Re: OOPS!!
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Speaking of strut, I have never used green strut, & have never seen other electricians use it. Thought that was plumbers strut.
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#124848 - 01/01/07 12:47 AM Re: OOPS!!
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The green strut resists corrosion better... I wouldn't have a problem with the strut personally, if they had used the strut with smaller slots or even non slotted and made their own holes, thus a smaller piece on the wall.... The offset nipple and a 2 hole strap would suit me just as fine here...

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#124849 - 01/01/07 01:28 AM Re: OOPS!!
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The green strut resists corrosion better...


That's news to me Lostaz'..but alright. Yeah I agree, that strut could have been a little bit shorter, or done with a two hole strap with a nice offset.
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#124850 - 01/01/07 04:12 AM Re: OOPS!!
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Kind of ugly on the side of a house no matter the color.

I would have done something different.
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